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Aug 3, 2009 12:00am EDT
. it was fought to make america be america for all its citizens. these were america's civil rights leaders. >> host: how would you describe this period in the 1950's to the young african-americans who only read about it through history books? and we should point out the year you were born, 1954. >> guest: exactly. what was interesting to me is i went on a book tour for "eyes on the prize" realizing how many people hadn't lived through this year, and this was of course than the late 80's and early 90's. so today it is overwhelming. most americans today, a quarter of the population are under 18. they have no concept. with a new is martin luther king is a hero or to be viewed as a hero, viewed positively although we get some younger people who think that he's just an image, they want a more militant figure. like malcolm x that would stand up, sort of the defiant black lace. then you get people who don't understand. they -- something like a colored blanking fountain, just bizarre or you get white kids who don't understand how recent so many of these indignities and limits in terms of education
Aug 8, 2009 9:00am EDT
of the difficulty of psychology of being black in america, he was the first person obviously to be on the court and understood right away that as he went through confirmation hearings and then just gone through confirmation hearings with briefing by to clarence thomas hearings and you think minorities and women very difficult and thurgood marshall's last three months and his intellect was question talked about was the smart to really be among the nation's legal elite and said there in judgment as a member of the court and when he gets on the court he really thought i must get the very best in terms of law clerks and assistance and what if the both of the idea that he could, in fact, handle this work and respond to the reasons assumptions. >> host: you also a great deal held this theory about how he was elected and also his conversations with lyndon johnson and doubt as to whether he felt it was clear to pick up the phone and call him. >> guest: i use that as the start of a book because in terms of building the narrative his experience in that moment tells you so much about the securities issues
Aug 15, 2009 5:30pm EDT
. this is a great book, singing in a strange land, the black church and the transformation of america. this is one of the great creatures in the history of american rhetoric. aretha franklin, arguably the greatest sound to emerge out of a human vocal cord, reverberating, vibrating, maybe the greatest sound made, some would say others. sam cooke, maybe sam cooke and aretha franklin. but everything franklin, ingenious was nurtured by her father, reverend franklin. i used to listen to this man every night in michigan. if you don't die before you get a chance to hear this man preach, you don't have -- the son sermon in the african-american tradition, of the greatest preachers ever. he ordained jesse jackson. he marched with martin luther king jr. in detroit, where king delivered arguably, even more impressive version of his i have a dream speech in detroit. got to show love to the home town, the crib. skip gates's book was here next to nelson george, where did our love go? nelson george is perhaps the most gifted african-american man of the letters of our time. what can't this guy do? he is a novelist
Aug 2, 2009 12:00pm EDT
: the phony leaders, dead-end movements, and culture of failure that are undermining black america--and what we can do about it". >> host: let me begin with a book that came out 11 years ago on thurgood marshall called american revolutionary. and you write in the book he could charm a racist cop with stories and jokes. that he was capable of intimidating rivals but he had nagging doubts about his role on the supreme court. >> guest: it's very interesting and the difficulty of the psychology of being black in america. he was the insecurity, he was the first african-american to be on the court, understood right away that as he went through confirmation hearings -- you know, we've just gone through confirmation hearings with sonia sotomayor where you think back to clarence thomas' hearings oh, my gosh, minorities, women, very difficult. thurgood marshall's lasted almost three months. and his intellect was questioned top to bottom, you know, was he smart enough to really be among the nation's legal elite? and sit there in judgment as a member of the court. and so as he gets on the court he thoug
Aug 24, 2009 7:45am EDT
.org for information about upcoming guests. >> we're at the 2009 bookexpo america booksellers convention in new york city. we're here with johnny temple, a publisher. do you want to tell us what you have coming out this fall? >> this fall one of the books we're most excited about is a graphic novel by the great black filmmaker melvin van pebbles. it will be simultaneous with our publication of the book and he is the godfather of the black exploitation movement. and we're working with activist mike farrell who is best known of the role on the b.j. honeycutt mash one of the great tv shows of all time. and this is a road -- it's a road book, a road memoir, a travel memoir and we're putting him back on the road and we're keeping him busy. >> how long have you been publishing books? >> we've been publishing since 1997. we publish literary fiction is the heart and soul of the company. we publish -- we have a sort of outsider sensibility, though, some of our books are quite popular. but our books are often sort of provocative in one way or the other and we do a little bit nonfiction as well, political nonf
Aug 22, 2009 11:45am EDT
's kind of history of race in america. and so this code goes all the way down to i guess the last book i entered was booked number 1,088, our times, the illustrated history of the 20th century, race law, king came preaching, tend -- tet! but basically this is just kind of the list of the books i consulted or referred to in the book. but anyway, that's one file is the bibliography file. but the main one is the research file which is right here, and it automatically put -- each one of these going this way is a note card and this is pretty odd because it is the year month and day and it puts it in chronological order and it starts with 960 solomon completes the first temple. that comes from book number 438. i don't know why it's page 99 but this is some material on the hebrew profits. but of course as the movement -- as we get -- as the movement itself rises in to public attention leader in the 1950's it's more common you would get more than one note on the same day. for example october 29, 1956 there is a universal newsreel which came from the national archives in fact i guess three of the
Aug 22, 2009 1:15pm EDT
to young writers from someone there is no shortage of talent in a nation of 300 million people. america is literally bursting into one, all shapes, sizes, colors, gender. talent is meaningless without work ethic. if you are not willing to sit down on a beautiful day like today outside and do the work and you're the kind of person that always has an excuse why i can't write today well, you are not going to write. and sometimes i do read things out loud to myself to get the rhythm right because the rhythm in a newspaper columnist different than novels different rhythms. there is always that undertone. but when you are doing the rhythm for a newspaper column for the post you want the rhythm -- he wanted to point you toward a the next sentence and the next idea. i used the wrong word there. words have specific meanings. i was using the word declaim and didn't mean the plan. i don't know what pour i want to use sali will have to think about that. it is a harsh mode now because it is something i feel strongly about. that's not right either >> i take it very seriously. i don't like the work of
Aug 23, 2009 11:00am EDT
people america it is literally bursting with talent it comes in all shapes colors genders sizes, a talent is meaningless without a work ethic. if you are not willing to sit down on a beautiful day like today and do the work if you're the kind of person that always has the excuse why i cannot write today, then you will not right. sometimes i do read things to get the rhythm right sometimes the rhythm is different than not -- to print a novel is different although there is the iambic pentameter but when you do the rhythm for the newspaper he wanted the rhythm that is not state the you want it to pull you to the next idea i used the wrong word there. words have a specific meaning i did not mean that. do not know what word i want to use. i have to think about that now i am harsh know because i feel strongly about it. that is not write either. i take it very seriously as a craft. i do not like the word arch because of there is any are to a new bid will emerge. do not sit down to write down a pole or artistic masterpiece expect the report writer to deliver on kraft. do the best you can given th
Aug 22, 2009 7:35pm EDT
.99 for a medium. pizza hut. now you can order america's favorite pizza on your iphone. when your engine's running clean... you feel it. ...and pennzoil motor oil actively cleans out up to 15 percent of sludge the first time you use it. so feel the clean. not just oil, pennzoil. >> cincinnati was the epicenter of tennis. "final four" of the masters, featured nadal, and then, federer, versus murray, and murray beat him four-straight times. with that smash, it was 6-2, and second set tied. can see and backhand into the net. doesn't like the shot. and his if you can knuckles are bleeding, and, he had to get some treatment. and murray, and got that fine. >> federer up, 9-8. serving to stay alive. second serve, bad news, didn't have to eat them alive. double-faults the set away. federer does, what federer does, he wins, in straight-sets. >> the name of the game, in fenway, was simply, payback, red fenway, was simply, payback, red sox-yankees, never a dull i'm racing cross country in this small sidecar, but i've still got room for the internet. with my new netbook from at&t. with its built-in 3g network
Aug 23, 2009 12:30am EDT
with either the works, meaty, or pepperoni for just $9.99 for a medium. pizza hut. now you can order america's favorite pizza on your iphone. see i told you there were forty shots in there. but you also said there'd be a reverse ventriloquist act here. excuse me guys. (announcer) calling all captains. drink responsibly. >> nascar sprint cup making a stop in bristol -- that's tennessee, not connecticut. mark martin won the pole. starting his 1,000th race. lap 11, this was the view from joey logano's car. reed sorenson in the 43 car fighting for position with logano, bumps logano from behind, logano spins out and bumps into the wall, he would head to the garage for repair. lap 256, kurt busch on pit road, his crew can't get the tear-off off the windshield before busch drives away, then it comes off and starts blowing in traffic, blows away before doing any damage to the other cars. lap 317, jimmie johnson battling with mark martin for the lead, johnson passes martin on the outside so johnson is the new race leader. lap 423, johnson's crew having issues in the pits, they drop a jack while adjus
Aug 16, 2009 8:30pm EDT
's a great story. we totally look back on the plight of america. we laid the front for many of the changes that we see we're benefiting from. a lot of the changes that occurred for society and protection for workers. for me the scene is here. women, women of courage, people of courage, people that have been able to go through a great challenges in their life and were able to supersede it and go beyond. i think these are good things to think about as we look at where we are right now. >> to see more summer reading list and other program information, visit our web site at >> linda manning of the northern illinois university press, what are some of the titles coming out? >> we have starting one that just came out a biography on joy morton. he was the founder of morton soap. >> why is it important? >> he was very much ahead of his time. he was fill anatropies and early environmental. he believed in saving the land around chicago and it is very nice to have open land near the city like that. >> is83p morton salt still? chicago? >> it is. >> what else? >> we have william l. dawson.
Aug 22, 2009 7:00pm EDT
hut. now you can order america's favorite pizza on your iphone. >> let's do tennis, cincinnati, wild "final four." nadal, and then, federer, and murray has won four-straight times against the number 1 in the world. not the first set. 6-2. and here's murray, and his backhand. darren: you goes right to the net. roge hits his racket. and look what happened. bloodied up all of his knuckles. had to be attended to, by one of the trainers. federer up, 5-4, and murray back okay. forces a tiebreak. matchpoint here, federer, 9-9. so, second serve, and federer, feast's these. he doesn't have to. that's a double-fault to end the match. 6-2, 7-6. >> ladies tennis, semi, serena williams, taking on dimentieva, first set. and, facing breakpoint. she would force a first set tiebreak and up, 6-2. williams said sends it long. >> now, up 5-1, on matchpoint. after this rally sends it wide. and straight-sets, first final since february. >> imagine walking out of the brush, the day after your friends held awake for you. they assumed you died in a plane crash. that's what ernie, did in the 1970s, and then h
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